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Allianz dismisses 99 branch heads for striking

Apr 02,2008
Without further concessions to what it calls “an illegal strike,” Allianz Life Insurance Korea decided yesterday to dismiss the branch heads who joined a union strike.
“Allianz Life decided at the management committee meeting held at 4 p.m. on April 1 to terminate 99 branch managers who are illegally participating in a strike led by labor,” the company said in a statement.
The strike by the labor union of the Korea’s second largest foreign life insurer is the first labor-management struggle under the Lee Myung-bak administration and thus is regarded as a test of the pro-business government’s labor policy.
The strike, which was launched on Jan. 23 to protest the company’s unilateral decision to introduce a performance-based wage system, went almost unnoticed until March 21, when the company declared the strike illegal due to participation by branch managers.
Byun Seong-min, a spokesman for the 900-member union, said the union had no official response to the company’s decision as the company did not inform the union of it.
If the decision is true, Byun said, the union will bring the matter to court.

By Moon Gwang-lip Staff Reporter [joe@joongang.co.kr]



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